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Vikes Zimmer out for Thursday after emergency eye surgery

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The Minnesota Vikings will be without Head Coach Mike Zimmer after he underwent an emergency surgery on his eye Wednesday night. 

General Manager Rick Spielman said in a conference call Thursday Zimmer had surgery to repair a detached retina in his eye. The procedure was his third surgery in the past month after he tore a retina during a game on Halloween. 

Minnesota is now turning to Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer to lead the team in Zimmer's absence. The decision was made to allow both offensive and defensive coordinators to focus on their jobs. 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery, about a month after he had an initial procedure to repair a torn retina.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday night that Zimmer was having the operation and uncertain to recover in time for the team's game against Dallas on Thursday night. Spielman said he has met with coaches and players to put a contingency plan in place in case Zimmer is unable to coach against the Cowboys.

Zimmer first experienced trouble with his vision a couple of days before the Oct. 31 game at Chicago and scratched the eye inadvertently during the game.

The Vikings said Spielman wouldn't be available for further comment until Thursday morning.

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